We need your support to make the Onward Project a lasting legacy to the men and women of the 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force. If you have any photographs of these men and women, and can provide them for publication to the Onward Project team, we would be pleased to receive them. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to submit a photograph, so if you need any assistance please feel free to ask!
With the completion of Onward - Portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, compilation of photographs for the third volume is well underway. If any of your ancestors served with the NZEF during the First World War, and you have portraits of them, Fair Dinkum would love to hear from you with a view to publishing their photograph.
To give an idea of the scale of The Onward Project, we need to find photographs of some 96,500 individuals who served overseas in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force during WWI. So far we have published 8,200 photographs, and have sourced a total of just over 20,000 photographs.
Whilst the primary aim of the Onward Project is to publish a photograph of everyone who served, we have also undertaken to publish the best quality images we can obtain. This desire for quality is offset by the simple fact that the largest single resource for portrait photographs is the pictorial spreads published in the weekly newspapers of the day. Papers such as the Otago Witness and Auckland Weekly News published thousands of images. Many of these are of poor quality, and printed on wartime-quality paper.
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Original print (left), Auckland Weekly News 16/9/1915 (right)
Most scanning software will have resolution options - select 600dpi wherever possible
Full-length portraits need to be as large as possible, as we have to crop them to just the upper torso
Check the resolution of any .jpg image by right-clicking on the file, and selecting properties and then the 'Details' tab. The resolution is under the Image section
Don't be afraid of large files - unless you're on dial-up!
The most common problem we encounter is images scanned for on-screen viewing only i.e 72dpi (PC) or 96dpi (Mac). This is too small for the Onward Project, so please endeavour to rescan at the highest resolution you can.
Don't send images via SkyDrive or Picasa. These applications have settings which can automatically image sizes for emailing. Just attach the files to a basic email and send..
Contact us if you're unsure what we are looking for, we can offer any technical assistance required. Drop us your phone number and we can call you, if necessary - we appreciate that image scanning is not always easily understood!
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It is also possible to take a digital photograph of your original photograph. This is useful if you do not have access to a scanner, or the original photo is too large or in a frame. Most modern digital cameras and mobile phones (iPhone, Galaxy, etc) take high quality images. Make sure to focus on the head and shoulders and preferably take the photo in good natural light without the flash. Once photographed you can submit the photo here.
If neither of the above options is suitable, you can post your photograph to us. We will take great care of any original photographs you send and will return them as soon as possible. Photographs can be posted to:
The Onward Project
12 Kirkdale Place,